Miss Universe 2013: Moe Set Wine first Myanmar contestant since 1961
The last Miss Burma (the country took the name Myanmar in 1989, a year after thousands were killed in a pro-democracy uprising) contestant was Myint Myint Khin in 1961.
The country emerged from 50 years of strict military rule in 2011. Since then, the elected government has pushed to open up the society, including loosening of media restrictions. Contestants representing the country have participated in Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss Supranational pageants this year.
"I feel like now I am part of the history and I feel like a soldier that is doing something for the country and my people," Wine says.
The 2013 Miss Universe pageant will take place Saturday, Nov. 9 in Moscow.